Space, temperature & variety

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Turkeyrun, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. Turkeyrun

    Turkeyrun Chirping

    Jul 30, 2009
    We lost our five lovely BR Ladies to raccoons. We are going to try again after some fortification to the coop and chicken yard. Currently we a debating between just 5 or 6 chicks again or starting with 15 chicks and 15 keets. But if we go with the larger quantity of birds I need to figure out a brooder.

    Hubby suggests we just put them all in the chicken coop together. I have a couple concerns

    1. Are chicks and keets okay together?
    2. Temp in the chicken coop - we may be able to run a long extension cord to it for a light. Outside temps here are ranging from 60s at night to 80s & 90s during the day. Can we just brood them in the coop with out a light? There are windows for day time ventilation.

    Thank you
  2. harryg6167

    harryg6167 Songster

    Jun 20, 2009
    I have always raised my keets with my chicks with no problems.Right now
    I have about 75 keets that are in the brooder with about 60 chicks.
    I would say myself with the temps at night in the 60's you will
    really need a light on them. We are having lows in the 70's and I still have mine under a light.

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